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Hotel Richemond
Ranked #19 of 73 Hotels in Chamonix
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 July 2009

Staff was very helpful in directing us to good hiking. Spoke English well. Room size was very generous for two. No air conditioning, but we didn't feel we needed it --even on hot days of July the town cooled off enough in the evening to wear a light jacket. I noticed some reviewers talked about how they only had a shower, while others only had a tub, in their BRs. Ours just had a tub, with a hand-held attachment that one could use to rinse hair with. Without a shower curtain or mount for the attachment, you couldn't really use it to shower. Speaking of curtains, the only ones in the bath were sheers that barely covered the windows; this made us reluctant to turn on the bathroom lights at night. And this was the first hotel I've stayed at in years that didn't have a hair dryer in the room (we searched the room, though didn't ask for one). It was ok to go out in the summer with wet hair, but seems like this would be pretty essential in the winter.

The view from the breakfast room is incredible (as was the view from our room). Really good croissants, but the fruit salad was pretty tasteless.

Internet service is available (in lobby only) at a low cost if you've brought your own computer. We just used the free wireless available outside the tourist info center (using the TICham connection). It's available even after TI is closed if you have a computer.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 July 2009

The location for this is great, on the main pedestrian street. As others have mentioned the place is like a retirement home, once the leave the lobby the place is just stark white. It could be really improved by some pictures on the wall. Hotel rooms are not as bad with nice wallpaper and comfortable beds.

Place did not have A/C so during the summer you will probably want to open the windows at night. The problem with this were all the birds waking you up, also come 0700-0730 the city starts to come alive and with the hotel located between a major street and the pedestrian area will have vehicles and street cleaners. If the birds did not wake you the trucks probably will.

Breakfast was your basic French two star fare(bread, drinks, yogurt, etc) however the bay windows in the breakfast room give you a great view of Mont Blanc. Plenty of local restaurants for at night just a few mins away. Turn right from the entrance to get away from the main crowds and get a few places that have a view of the mountains.

The owners were very nice, quick to provided any help and were able to provide answers and recommendations on what to do.

Hotel has one of the few open area in the front of the hotel with a garden and tables and seats; with the many grocery stores near the hotel it is easy and nice to go get some cold drinks and sit outside at the end of the day.

Hotel has free parking but can only fit smaller cars, there is also a free public parking space across the street, a paid public area next door and an underground public area down the street. There is a reserved spot in at the hotel for arrivals and if you do want to park in the underground area the hotel visitor card provides a discount.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled solo
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Reviewed 4 March 2009

Just got back from the hotel and enjoyed my stay - yes the hotel could do with a lick of paint here and there but you also feel if they did it might ruin the style, the quirks are what make it - vintage lights in rooms, chandeliers, antique mirrors and tiles floors in reception + a genuine Rene Pierre foosball table and they keep everything very clean. The staff were faultless, always very polite and friendly, didn't ever see the waiter that hassles people - maybe he has left or somebody has had a word? Great location - on main street near bars and restaurants, buses to all Ski resorts outside back of hotel - very handy. Room was large with plenty of wardrobe space, large bathroom and lots of space - great for a ski trip...

Stayed: March 2009, travelled with friends
Thank TheSmithster
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Reviewed 23 February 2009

First of all, let's get one thing straight. This is a 2 star hotel, and is priced accordingly. So gripes about the thinness of walls, and the odd bit of scuffed paint need to be tempered against the fact that it's pretty much the cheapest place to stay in Chamonix. And you really do get value for your money.

The staff are lovely and so helpful. They wil give you any info on the surrounding area you can ask for. They also really kindly made us breakfast at half three in the morning because we had an early transfer!

The location is brilliant. You are a stone's throw from every bar and restaurant in Chamonix. The Ski room is at the back of the hotel which is opposite the central bus stop, so you can literally walk out the door with your skis and hop straight on a bus to pretty much any slope.

Breakfast is well stocked and you get a lovely view from the dining room. The hotel itself is a brilliant old building, which aparently is an ex Gestapo headquarters, but I couldn't get anyone to confirm that! They also have a comfy lounge and a games room for guests to make use of.

Rooms are warm, and the twins are spacious. Lots of hotwater in the bathroom too.

I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking to stay in central Chamonix on a budget. My friends and I would definitely go back again and again.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Thank janelee1984
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Reviewed 17 February 2009

Set on the main pedestrianised street, the Richmond is well located with the slopes bus stop at the rear of the hotel.

The hotel does have something of retro feel about it but that works for it with the open fire in reception vey cosy.

The staff are wonderful but the walls really are paper thin.
Our room was located near the lift, which was in regular use during the night, and was crying out for a refurb,together with the space capsule shower, it proved an interesting experieince.

Althougth the toilet flushes are Niagara like, and you can hear the people next door change their minds, this hotel has a lot of charm.

There is boot/ski room in the basement which you must use as we couldn't find any lockers on the slopes to leave your boots or skis.This requires a 10Euro refundable deposit for a lock.

If you can resist "saying zis only once" during your stay you will enjoy the Richemond.

  • Stayed: February 2009
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Reviewed 15 February 2009

Great hotel !
Great staff !
Great breakfast ! (the egg machine takes 6 minutes for a perfect boiled egg) Don't break a raw one over your plate then go back and steal someone elses egg as I did ! Brilliant views of Mont Blanc out of giant windows while you eat are wonderful.
Hot water on demand !
Heating on 24 / 7 !
Ski bus 2 minutes walk away !
Great views out of all rooms !
Centre of town location !
Rooms serviced every day (not just tidied up ) !
A little flaking paint, ,mismatched bathroom fittings did not for one moment spoil our stay . As someone said before it added to the ambience of the place as a whole .

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2009

Before we went away I reviewed some of these comments with horror, and feared the worst. How wrong can you be. The hotel has bags of character, being the home of the Gestapo during the 2nd World war. You can practically still hear the boots marching. The rooms were large by French standards (we had a twin, certainly a good option) , with very bouncy beds and good storage. It was warm and cosy. The bathroom was small but do-able, and everything was immaculately clean. The staff were very helpful when we asked them for information. I didn’t find the walls any thinner than your standard Travel Lodge, and I am a light sleeper used to complete quiet at night. The pub opposite did get rowdy as it emptied, but you get that everywhere and I slept well regardless The location couldn’t have been better being in the heart of the town. For the reasonable rates, the hotel is hard to beat.

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with friends
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Address: 228 rue du Docteur Paccard, 74400, Chamonix, France
Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Chamonix
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Room Service
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Chamonix
Price Range: £88 - £214 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel Richemond 2*
Number of rooms: 53
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